Government Notes - 3/9/2010 Federalism: Youre Not the Boss...

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3/9/2010 1 Federalism: You’re Not the Boss of Me! (Oh wait, yes you are.) Definition Federalism : System of government in which more than one level of government has some degree of sovereignty : Dual Sovereignty Each government has supreme power over its own sphere. Different from a unitary state, Where supreme power is located in the central government (Great Britain, Japan, France). Different from a confederation , Where supreme power is located at the state level (EU, UN, Confederate States of America). Powers of the national government Expressed powers : Foreign policy powers, National issues, Regulation of the economy (i.e. the Commerce clause) Implied powers Necessary and proper ” clause: “make all laws which shall be necessary and proper” to carry out the express powers.
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3/9/2010 2 Powers of the States Reserved Powers The 10 th Amendment Daily life/ Regulation of the economy /State issues Police powers Shared powers: Separate powers, but held by both types of Governments e.g., Taxation, social welfare policies, crime that crosses state lines, road building Limitations on the states Supremacy Clause All national laws and treaties “the supreme law of the land”. Full Faith and Credit Clause Privileges and Immunities Clause (“Comity clause”) : “ No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States”
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This note was uploaded on 04/27/2010 for the course GOV 310L taught by Professor Kieth during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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Government Notes - 3/9/2010 Federalism: Youre Not the Boss...

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